William Howard Billings


1921 –


Who is William Howard Billings?

William Howard Billings was a judge of the Supreme Court of Missouri. Prior to his appointment by then-Governor Kit Bond, he had been a member of the Missouri Court of Appeals in Springfield, and before that a circuit court judge; both times he was appointed by Democratic Governor Warren Hearnes. Judge Billings was noted for his hard work ethic and his unwavering dedication to upholding the highest standards expected of judges; however, he was found by a federal judge to have violated the court's canon of ethics by telephoning an expert without the consent of the parties' attorneys. He was also a staunch opponent of allowing cameras into courtrooms, and once threw out two journalists from the Missouri Supreme Court Building. He died less than two months before he was supposed to retire, under Missouri's age limit for judges.

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Aug 21, 1921
  • University of Missouri School of Law

on July 23, 2013


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